Ford F-150 Lightning goes up against a Tesla Model 3 Performance [Video]

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The Ford F-150 Lightning is now officially on roads across North America after deliveries began late last month. Just a few weeks in and the first drag races with the electric pickup truck are starting to appear, and in this particular video the Lightning goes up against the Model 3 Performance at the drag strip.

The top-of-the-line Model 3 is was designed to perform well on the track, and can reach 60mph in just 3.1 seconds. On the other hand, the Lightning is a full-size pickup truck weighing 6,600lbs and designed to perform well on the job, not on the track.

Despite that, the 500 horsepower Lightning holds it own down the quarter-mile, coming in just one second behind the Model 3 Performance in the first race with a time of 12.81 seconds at 104.57mph, compared to the Model 3 at 11.72 seconds at 113.54mph.

The second race produced similar results, but interestingly the electric truck wasn’t quite as quick. Tommy, one of the hosts of The Fast Lane (TFL) Studios noticed the Lightning lost some power at the end and limited itself to 74% of the maximum acceleration, before working itself back up to 100% just after crossing the finish line.

Either way, the F-150 Lightning is a quick truck that many will underestimate considering it looks basically identical when compared to its internal combustion engine (ICE) sibling. It was even quicker than the performance-oriented Ram TRX, which ran a 13.80 second quarter mile on the same track.

You can check out the full video below, which also features a Model S Plaid going up against a modified Corvette and a Model X taking on Mercedes-Benz at the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado.

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